Communications Fraud Control Association (CFCA), a telecommunications fraud and risk consortium, is celebrating its 35th year anniversary throughout 2020.
CFCA, a not-for-profit organization, is one of the longest standing fraud and risk associations. CFCA began in February 1985 with a group of concerned communications security professional from several different long-distance carriers’ intent upon finding a more effective way to combat the growing problem of communications fraud. Representatives from AT&T, ITT, MCI, Network One, Satellite Business Systems and Sprint met to lay the groundwork. These representatives left their inaugural meeting assured that a cooperative, collaborative effort through an Association of security and risk professionals was a realistic and appropriate response to the identified need.
Through the years, membership categories have expanded to include a world-wide network of: carriers, PBX /PABX owners, ISPs, cable and satellite provides, corporate end-users, operator service providers, fraud system developers, prosecutors, members of law enforcement agencies, communications consultants and companies that provide fraud and revenue assurance solutions for wireless, wireline systems.
The focus of CFCA’s educational programs provide invaluable training and information that will increase competencies needed to combat the new fraud and revenue protection challenges that continue to emerge worldwide. Educational events are conducted and presented by members of the association and industry experts; these events focus on the need to know how communications systems are being compromised by fraudsters, how to combat the fraud and how to protect companies’ assets. Because the field of communications fraud/revenue management and loss prevention continue to evolve, there is a need to provide training to provide new and experienced investigators and systems managers an understanding of the problems to keep abreast of emerging technologies. To further the professional development of its members, CFCA instituted a certification program in 1993.
CFCA’s membership consists of approximately 200 different carriers, private network owners, end-users, law enforcement officers and others from around the world. CFCA staff is available to assist those desiring more information concerning CFCA membership and the Association’s efforts to combat communications fraud.